Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation allowing an extra liquor license for Natick so Tilly & Salvy’s Bacon Street Farm can sell beer and wine, as encouraged by Natick Town Meeting and the Board of Selectmen last fall, reports patch.com.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed legislation allowing Tilly & Salvy’s Bacon Street Farm to sell beer and wine, which was not previously possible due to the smaller number of liquor licenses allowed in Natick.
“Tilly’s is a Natick institution having served its residents for three generations,” said Rep. David Linksy. “It is a well respected and well run local establishment and it is important that we support small businesses and help them meet the needs of their customers. I thank Governor Patrick for signing this important local bill into law.”
Linksyy pushed for the legislation along with Sen. Karen Spilka and Rep. Alice Peisch at the request of Natick Town Meeting and the Board of Selectmen.
“Increasing the number of available liquor licenses will provide additional opportunities for economic development in the Town of Natick and ensure continued growth for this thriving community,” said Spilka.
Town Meeting members voted in October 2011 in support of a home rule petition to allow a beer and wine license for Tilly & Salvy’s, a popular family-run grocery store in town. At that time, many residents spoke in favor of allowing the additional beer and wine license, citing the Ciccarelli’s proven positive track record in town, through three generations of ownership. Patch.com reports that Natick Wine & Spirits owner Peter Trulo spoke out against the petition, saying granting the additional license would benefit only one business and could set a dangerous precendent for any business hoping to request a liquor license from the town.